Shinjuku station is a major railway station in Japan that is no doubt the busiest transport hub serving an ave …

Shinjuku station is a major railway station in Japan that is no doubt the busiest transport hub serving an average of over 3.5 million people daily. It is the main connecting hub for rail traffic between Tokyo’s special wards and Western Tokyo on inter-city rail, commuter rail, and metro lines.

What’s special about Shinjuku station? There are over 200 exits, 51 platforms including the 17 platforms that can be accessed through hallways to 5 directly connected stations without going out of Shinjuku station. Thirteen train lines serve Shinjuku station. Shinjuku station isn’t just a train station. There are a couple of cafes, restaurants, shopping centers and more around the area.

It is not at all recommended to meet someone at the above-mentioned station even if you are a local resident in Tokyo because one of the two things could happen; one is you wouldn’t be able to see the person you are going to meet or you might have to lose ways several times before you can finally meet. Both foreigners and locals are confuse with the complexity of the station. It is intricate to look for the right exit or the next platform you need to be. The fastest and easiest way to find the place you are looking for when at the station is to ask the station staffs or security guards about your destination. You may also need to go through a surprising tremendous crowd before you reach your destination. Japanese people really walk quickly especially those that are at the station. If you want to avoid being bumped by others, you should walk as quick as those people if not quicker than them and you have to learn to avoid them because people walk from east to west, north to south, etc. Shibuya scrambled crossing might be scrambled but it isn’t way more scrambled than the people in Shinjuku station.



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5AM (first train)~1AM (last train)